Sunday, 25 August 2013

OUCH!!!! and double OUCH!!!!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 10:11 5 comments
Yesterday was a lovely day in the shop. Gossiping the day away with Karen.
Cutting material for a quilt. 
Keeping on track ww wise. 
Checking in on facebook every now and again.


Then OOH! Mad decision, spur of the moment decision, when will I learn??????
On FB chatting to a friend, she says - ooh a few of us are doing a gentle bimble/jog tonight on the moor if you fancy it?
me says - might, how far?
she says - 11 miles, gentle though.
me says okay.

20 minutes pass, 
she says - don't forget your headlamp! and rain jacket.
me says - what time?
she says - meeting everyone at 9pm.

NOW any sane person, alarm bells would ring, Me NO!

me says - okay.

Fast forward it is 9 in the evening on a saturday night. I am stood in a car park in Princetown with my running gear on, water pack and a headlamp, picture a lamb to the slaughter if you like.

Off we go, running nicely, for nine miles, then it gets rocky, hilly, turfy stubs. this ensues for 3 miles,  at one point my toe connects with a thud with a protruding boulder, I slide forward, very gracefully even if I do say so myself, land on my elbows with my A**e in the air, and then we get back on flat for a mile to return to the carpark!

13, yep 13 miles, a bloomin half marathon! in the pitch black on the moors.

Despite my top right thigh and calves screaming for the last mile, the blister on my left heal, the blister on my right foot near my big toe (thanks to new trail shoes, only previously worn once by moi). Despite the Bruise on my right knee.


The photo below is my fellow Adventurers and myself, our friend Dave was taking the photo.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Still being good!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 10:09 2 comments

Well It is day 6 of being back on the WW wagon and I have been good and tracked all week.

The running is still a bit hit and miss with everything going on at home, but I am still trying to get two runs a week in. Which I did do this week, really wanted 3 but hey ho. Managed around 9 miles this week. I need to up that and do at least one 9 mile run a week for Bristol half in three weeks!

And I managed to finish a Christmas prezzie for a relly this week too. YAY!


That's it this time,




Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tough day! not! a relaxed one for a change

Posted by tracy watkiss at 20:47 4 comments
Well we are at the stage of waiting around for something to happen.

We went out today, to get the ingredients for some home brew - something else for dale to focus on. Came home and put it on to brew. Yummy. Rose wine and Pear Cider brewing nicely as I type.

I have tracked and stayed within ww points today. Tonight I even managed a run.

It was running clubs Tuesday night run and we had to run up church hill, sorry it was hot and I walked it, and we had to walk  run pass a PUB!! oh the sacrifices we make.

Hey ho 5.75mile run in an hour. stayed on ww plan an an uneventful day! result!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Life goes on around us!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 18:50 5 comments

Sometimes I feel like all I am doing is reporting drama and upset on this blog. I can assure you life is tough still in the Dale and Tracy household, but we are trying to battle into some kind of normality. The simplest Things make you so thankful and you learn a lot about the people in your life and what's important to you.

So the Bad, lets get it out. My father in law passed away as some of you are aware at the end of last month, due to several different factors we are still awaiting to be able to hold a funeral. Hubby is finding it very difficult to cope and that intern has a knock on effect to me, those that know us as friends will be aware who, what and why. So no need to post that here.

So the good, I have the most amazing friend network, at work in the form of Karen, her hubby John and Jill, they are constantly picking up my slack at the moment.

Elaine B despite needing a knee op, has been there for Dale and myself on the end of the Fb message system constantly, one of the nicest, kindest peeps you could wish to meet.

Then there is my BFF, Lynn C, always at the end of the phone, the nicest person I ever met in the crafting industry.

All my running buddies at my running club, you let me pound the streets talking or not talking as the days events set my mood. Encouraging this ageing bird to act like a spring chicken.

So I said to my self yesterday afternoon, we can't fix it all right now, but we sure as hell ain't going to let everything slide and let it get any worse.

So I pulled on my Trail shoes (off road trainers), got Oscars lead on him and we went on a little run. 4.17 miles through lanes and wood. Happy afternoon, yay!! Dale snoozed whilst we were out, double Yay!

I can control my fitness.

Today sees me getting back on track with my healthy eating regime - things have been sliding since about a month before my daughters wedding. I WILL NOT let that weight back on, I worked to bloomin hard to get it off.

So everything, has been weighed pointed and tracked today.

This blog is now going to be a more personal experience for me, to log my good days, bad days, running days and races. Diet days and treat days.

With some crafty makes thrown in along the way.

So my main reason to smile today.

Oscar dog

You make me laugh, all the time without fail!




Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My other passion - running!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 21:21 3 comments

Over the last year, I have had a new passion growing in me. What is IT? Well it may surprise some of you to know that after losing all my weight I took up running.

This Sunday I competed in my first ever Trail (off road) half marathon. It was a tough race for me but I loved it and know now what areas I need to improve on.

I am so lucky to belong to a great running club in Plymouth known as Plymouth Musketeers running club.

They are such a friendly group of people of mixed abilities. If you have an interest in running and would like to join a club in Plymouth I cannot think of a better club.

28 of us set off for salisbury at the weekend to do the 54321 trail run. Aptly called this as The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon is so-called because the 50K race includes 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large country estates, 2 castles, and 1 cathedral. You also have the option of a 10k,21km, 30km, 42km,or 50km runs or walks.


I opted for the 21km or 13.46 miles(just over half marathon) with 3 others. Kerry Jackson, Emily Simmons and Kathy weaver gore, these girls have been a huge encouragement to me and I could never have seen me doing this without our Thursday night club run, along with all the other members.

I finished it in 2 hours 51 minutes and 22 seconds, whilst I did not break any records, I did for me and I am chuffed.

The four of us before the run



And after.

I am a happy bunny xx


Friday, 2 August 2013

Might just be finding my mojo!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 08:57 2 comments

I know don't, tell anyone as it may go into hiding again.

I have not been feeling the love for crafting at all lately.

As a diehard stamper and general crafter for nearly 12 years now, things started to feel a little stale.

Nothing really new has come onto the market to wow me! A stamp is a stamp is a stamp. A die is a die is a die. Do you know what I mean? How many different papers can you possibly justify having.

But this week, we had another sad incident, not going into it as I have decided to try to post a happy post for a change LOL!!

I digress this incident saw me being indoors a lot being there for my husband, and I wandered upto my craft space and sat.

The first day I just sat and sighed, and looked around at my stash, pulled out the guillotine a piece of paper, made a cut and nothing came no juices flowed.

Second day, up I went again, and thought mmm! Anything but a card! So I set to making a mini album, and I made a template of it. Surprise surprise, I loved it. So a workshop for September was born.



Inspired I went on, now I know it's only August but my mind turned to December, we always do unusual workshops and makes for December in the shop and I happily played, with a piece of chipboard and some hooks from B&Q. October workshop planned.


My mind is racing at the moment with a few other makes, and the beauty is although I cannot be in my shop :-( I can work from home and feel like I am not letting anybody down.

(I put so much pressure on myself - my daughter sums me up as a people pleaser. I have to say yes to everybody regardless, I feel if I say I cannot do something people won't like me anymore).

So this week I learnt, I may not be in the shop as I am comforting my husband, but to be honest I have done more work for the shop in these two days, than I would normally get done all week actually being in. Go Figure. More to the point being out of a shop full of craft stash looking at it all and getting overwhelmed what to do, being away with limited supplies made my creativity kick in.

Long may it continue.



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